Democratic state Rep. Yadira Caraveo made historical past as Colorado’s first Latina elected to Congress, in keeping with NBC Information projections.
With 97% of the votes counted, Caraveo gained 48.4% of the votes and Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer gained 47.7%, in keeping with the NBC Information Resolution Desk.
Caraveo will symbolize the newly drawn eighth Congressional District, north of Denver, which has the biggest proportion of Hispanics within the state, at 39%.
Caraveo, a pediatrician and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, was elected to the Colorado Home of Representatives in 2018. Throughout her time on the Statehouse, she has centered on well being care coverage, voting and reproductive rights, amongst different points, in keeping with her marketing campaign web site.
She additionally backed a Colorado invoice codifying abortion entry within the state earlier this 12 months.
The primary Hispanic member of Congress representing Colorado, John Salazar, was elected to the U.S. Home of Representatives in 2004 and served till 2011.
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